Do These 7 Things Every Day to Boost your Mental Strength

Give your brain a workout with these simple, effective practices.

Just like you go to the gym to build physical strength, your mental muscles need exercise, too. These daily practices can help you boost your brain power, feel more fulfilled, and manage stress better.

  1. Practice gratitude
    It only takes a few minutes, and it can make a world of difference. Try keeping a gratitude journal, or simply making a quick list of things you’re thankful for in your life.
  2. Try something new
    Step outside your comfort zone and do something new, even if it’s something small like taking a different route to work or changing up your morning routine a little. Change can help you learn about yourself and build confidence.
  3. Schedule some downtime
    These days, many people are scheduled around the clock, and are online constantly between their mobile device and computer. Set aside 10 minutes a day to unplug and be alone with your thoughts, meditate, journal, or just put your feet up and relax.
  4. Have a healthy inner monologue
    Talk to yourself like a trusted friend. Create a positive, supportive inner monologue to review things that are bothering you and reinforce your goals.
  5. Claim your personal power
    Instead of feeling like a victim when something unfortunate happens, try reclaiming your personal power. Statements like, “I’m responsible” and “it’s my choice” can help you feel more focused and in control.
  6. Label your emotions
    Emotions generally play a huge role in the decisions people make. The next time you make a decision, take a step back to identify how you’re feeling, and consider how your emotions are influencing your behavior.
  7. Spend your energy wisely
    There’s only so much time in the day. Instead of worrying or focusing on things that are out of your control, devote your brain power to productive activities and the things that are in front of you.
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